Different News, Different Numbers
Below are two Novy Kanal reports dated Feb. 27. Try adding up the numbers.
And, of course, Gazprom claims that Ukraine hasn’t paid her bills yet.
Ukraine has settled her gas debt with Russia. Yulia Tymoshenko has filed a report to President Yushchenko. The PM had until 9 a.m. this morning to make a progress report on the debt repayment in person, but she went down with a cold. It was Oleksandr Turchynov who went to the meeting with the President. Viktor Yushchenko, after making sure the debt was settled, became content and went on to pacify Putin.
President Yushchenko: Yesterday, at about 10 p.m. some 2.2 billion hryvnias were remitted to the suppliers’ accounts by NAK Naftogaz. As of day, I’d put it this way: Out of the 5 billion of our debt — the debt of NAK Naftogaz — some 3.8 billion have been paid. Therefore, I’d say, at the time of our conversation, the brunt of the 2007 payments problem has been resolved.
Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting of the Cabinet. The Vice Premier, too, started out with a report. He presented the officials and reporters with financial documents that signify full settlement of the debt due for the gas consumed prior to Jan. 1 of this year. As of today, the only amount unpaid is 414 million hryvnias. It is the debt that the Ukrainian side has not recognized and has challenged in court.Videos uploaded from:
Vice-Premier Turchynov: The only amount that has been recognized neither by the Cabinet nor by NAK Naftogaz is the 414 million that were fraudulently charged for the gas consumed in 2006 based on 2007 price quotes.